Archive for February, 2006

Today’s Word: Penguinistas

Friday, February 17th, 2006

I hadn’t heard the term Penguinistas before and it made me chuckle. Here’s the context from LinuxDevices.com: Another defenseless gadget has fallen prey to the relentless march of the Penguinistas. Tim Riker’s eLinux.org [link] website has published extensive, detailed instructions for creating a cartridge that can boot any unmodified Mattel JuiceBox into a Linux-based environment.

RIAA Argues that Ripping CDs to Your iPod is Infringment

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

The EFF reports: As part of the on-going DMCA rule-making proceedings, the RIAA and other copyright industry associations submitted a filing that included this gem as part of their argument that space-shifting and format-shifting do not count as noninfringing uses, even when you are talking about making copies of your own CDs: “Nor does the […]

Five Cents a Song…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

The other day, I attended a talk titled, “The Future of Music and the 5¢ Solution — How artists and consumers can reclaim ownership of music,” by Daniel Levitin, a professor in the psychology department of McGill University, who has had an impressive career in the music/recording industry. The basic idea behind the talk was […]

RFID Shot in the Arm

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Referring to a Doctor Fun cartoon in which a man objects to an RFID implant until he learns that the implant is also a cellphone, digital camera, and an MP3 player, Bruce Schneier writes, “This is 100% right.” I agree—in fact, the same argument could apply to the privacy implications of the new version of […]

Privacy Implications of Google Desktop

Friday, February 10th, 2006

The EFF is recommending that users do not use the new Google Desktop because it greatly increases the risk to consumer privacy. It seems that the the new “Search Across Computers” feature will send copies of one’s local documents to Google’s servers so that they can be searched by the user from, say, their work […]

Python / SOAP: A First Encounter

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

This entry describes my recent foray into creating a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) client. Perhaps some will find the information useful and others can provide some helpful hints in the comments. The web service I wanted to access exports a method that returns an array of strings each with a particular structure (this will […]